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Comment Re:How does Pi compare to PDP-11 (Score 1) 207

How does a Pi with a remote text terminal session compare performance wise to a PDP-11 :-)

Way faster, way more capable. I worked with a PDP11 on a summer job. If I remember correctly, it had 2x64KB memory (data and code pages); the Pi has more main memory than the PDP had hard rive storage.

It managed to support about a dozen concurrent users that used it for monitoring an industrial process. It was tight enough, though, that we had to stop people using a full-screen clock application, since it couldn't cope with all terminals running it at the same time.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 92

Now that the Steam Box is on the market, there is a growing demand for high-end gaming graphics on Linux. That sound you hear is nVidia laughing all the way to the bank.

They've already been there counting and laughing ever since the GTX 970/980 launched. They fell over laughing when they learned that the Fury would be a $500+ card only. Steam boxes would just be the cherry on top.

Comment Re:he should know better (Score 2) 257

If you made some kind of public statement and your employer/landlord/bank called you up and said it's not compatible with being an employee/tenant/customer of ours anymore I think most people would call it a free speech issue. Granted, we're not really being consistent because half the time we want to protect dissenting opinions from the wrath of the majority and the other half we want obnoxious and offensive speech to have consequences. Like when Brendan Eich was forced to step down as CEO of Mozilla, was that right or wrong? Some think it was right, that the LGBT community had a right to cause a shit storm. Others think they blatantly silenced an opposing voice by harassing his employer. But the government wasn't involved, so there was no free speech issue right?

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 1) 447

There is a reason for a salesman and the tactics. To get more money from people. The amount of people they "piss off" is far less then the amount of people that have no idea what they are doing, or honestly do not care about anything other than the monthly payment. The dealers like those people and there are a lot more of them. The people that get pissed off are those that understand the system, know they are getting ripped, don;t fall for the excitement and head games and the dealers will usually not deal with that because for every smart person on the lot looking, there are 10 dumb ones. Most places, if you state you will not need financing, you have no trade in, and just want a bottom line price, will just blow you off. They know there is little to no chance you'll budge so why bother with you? You walking away does not hurt them one bit. Someone right behind you in line will pay a lot more.

Comment Live streaming beats fixed schedule (Score 2) 217

I think the TV as such is mostly going to go away, at least the form with a tuner. Here in Norway the mean broadband connection is 33 Mbit/s, the median 24 Mbit/s and 90%+ have 4+ Mbit/s. In say ten more years of fiber rollout "everybody" will have enough bandwidth to watch whatever they want, whenever they want it. That doesn't mean I think TV as such will go away, but the big screen in the living room will just be one of many where you can watch it. As for "smart" TVs, well they don't cost more than a cell phone less screen, camera and radio/wireless so why not throw it in there even if 95% don't use it.

Comment Re:Paris terrorists didn't seem "religious"... (Score 1) 488

The Paris terrorists didn't seem that "religious" or "conservative". From AFA: "She loved partying and going to clubs. She drank alcohol and smoked and went around with lots of different guys."

I noticed at a class reunion that that some of the extremes had flipped, like a fairly freaky urban party girl now living on a small farm far out on the countryside while some of the absolutely most boring and conservative people had flipped out. Those who just leaned one way or the other were mostly the same. I know I'm being an armchair quarterback here but it's probably the same with some terrorists, they've lived the party life but lacked some deeper meaning and purpose to their life and then had a true religious awakening becoming ultra conservative and extremely hostile towards their past life. It certainly seems to fit several convert stories I've read where they relatively suddenly become totally changed, cut off all their old friends and so on.

I don't think they're so many, but they might have a far more black and white view of the world than most. And they've probably externalized much of the blame on the "decadence" of modern society, alcohol, porn and whatnot. Apart from the violent side, many of them actually sound like pietists in Christianity - happiness comes from family, tradition, honor, worship etc. and "worldly amusements" like dancing, music, gambling, drinking should be shunned. I can sort of understand male converts who at least get the upper hand in a patriarchy, why women would want to turn back time makes no sense to me.

Comment Re:exaggerate much (Score 5, Insightful) 239

thats veeery generous of them.

oh wait, 99% of countries they offer it in already have consumer laws that dictate that the shops that sell the stuff have to accept used electronics and dispose of them properly(and as apple is doing direct sales, this puts them on the hook). who wants the hassle of going to the place to dispose of them though... not surprised of apple branding legal requirements as 'bonus' though!

the problem is more along the lines of apple not providing parts for fixing(3rd party pretty much) and their move to non-fixable at all on purpose devices. now this wouldn't suck so much if for example your ipod classic 160gb broke it's headphone jack(like all of them do, eventually).. since uh, what are you going to replace it with? a 16gb ipod touch?

thats the real problem, you find a device you like and you can't keep it running and you can't buy a replacement.

Comment Re:He gets stuff done, making others look bad (Score 2) 101

At this stage, NASA should just funnel money to SpaceX as fast as they can, before the space programs of other countries make them an irrelevance.

Yes I know that's harsh, but how else can NASA sidestep the politicians that meddle with NASA's long-term plans every election cycle?

Well, nothing Musk has done so far is deep space-specific. In fact, the whole manned flight program comes from NASA money. Is he going to design the Mars lander, outpost, return vehicle and fund it all? I doubt it. So in practice it's going to be on the politicians' whim for quite some time still.

Comment Re:What 'meaning'? (Score 1) 136

Hey at least it's a holiday that's not all about me, me, me. Sure, the retailers want to exploit it like every other special day (Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentine's Day, Halloween etc.) but I kinda like finding a nice gift for someone, when I can. And it's a pretty good excuse to enjoy the end of the year the same way Sunday is the end of the week. Don't let commercialism get in the way of Christmas, it's pretty hard to ruin Crazy Shopping Day though since that was all it meant.

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